AAP: Breastfeeding for 2 Months Lowers Risk of SIDS

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), citing a study, states that breastfeeding for at least two months decreases the risk of SIDS. This information can help lower the rate of infant mortality. SIDS is an acronym for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. SIDS is an unexpected death of a seemingly healthy infant that is less than a year old which happens while the baby is sleeping. The syndrome is also called “crib death” because the infants often die in their cribs. The AAP pointed out a study that was titled “Duration of Breastfeeding and Risk of SIDS: An Individual Participant Data … Continue reading

Physical Activity Reduces Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s

After just writing about the importance of seeing fitness as something that encompasses body, mind and spirit, I wasn’t surprised to read about research just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which indicate that regular exercise may help prevent cognitive problems.  Specifically it’s found that those who remain physically fit during the mid-life years were almost 40% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s or dementia. Previous research has found that regular exercise can prevent a host of other health problems, such as arthritis, certain types of cancer and stroke. It’s also been found that an individual’s level of health during … Continue reading

Could Your Clutter Be Putting You at Risk?

Don’t let your clutter control your life or your finances. Taking some time to de-clutter your home can not only be more freeing, but it could possible reduce your risk of going into debt. Here is why. Clutter Can Be Overwhelming When clutter gets out of control, you can quickly become overwhelmed. Being overwhelmed means that you will have less focus and energy to live your life. Studies have shown that too much clutter may even contribute to depression. With less focus and energy for work and life, plus possible “retail therapy” to lift the spirits, debt could quickly get … Continue reading

Risky Teen Driving Behaviors

Next month my daughter signs up for driver’s education. Although she isn’t my first child to learn how to drive, she is the only one enthusiastic about it. My oldest son just never really enjoyed driving and would avoid it at all costs. It’s likely that this time around as the parent of a teen driver, there will be greater worries. But I’m not the only one concerned about the safety of teens behind the wheel. The AAA is sponsoring “National Teen Driver Safety Week,” which runs from October 14 through October 20. The focus is on creating stronger graduated … Continue reading

Teens at Greatest Risk of Pedestrian Injuries

When my kids were younger, I remember one of my biggest fears was they would get hit by a car. I can’t quite recall how old they were before I let them cross the street alone, but they will probably tell you it was much later than it should have been. So now that they are teens, this shouldn’t be such a huge concern…right? Wrong. A surprising new study released this week by Safe Kids says that teens have the greatest risk of suffering pedestrian injuries. This is quite a change from a couple of decades ago when children between … Continue reading

Another Study Finds Children of Older Fathers at Increased Risk of Autism

A new study shows that older fathers are more likely to transmit new DNA variations to their children than younger fathers are. The researchers report that this means that older fathers have a higher risk of having children who have an autism spectrum disorder. There have been several different studies that result in data that indicates that older fathers have a higher chance of having children who have autism than fathers who are younger do. Previous to these studies, it was presumed that the age of the mother was the significant factor in determining the risk of having a child … Continue reading

Harsh Physical Punishment Increases the Risk of Mental Illness

A study shows that children who receive harsh physical punishment are at an increased risk of mental disorders. This includes physical punishment that is not considered to be abuse by some. Parents who want to avoid the risk of their child developing a mental illness should select punishment that is not physical in nature. How do you discipline your child? Some parents believe that it is acceptable to use physical punishment on their children. Others select more effective, and less harsh, means of discipline, such as a “time out”. A “time out” can be effective, when done correctly, with younger … Continue reading

Special Needs Blog Week in Review – May 27 – June 2, 2012

Once a week, the Special Needs Blog Week in Review brings you a quick summary of each of the blogs that appeared here in the past week. It gives you an easy way to find the ones that you missed, or that you didn’t have time to read the first time around. The Special Needs Podcast Roundup went up on May 28, 2012. This week, I’d like to point out an episode by FAQAutism. The episode is called “End-of-the-School-Year-Blues”. It discusses how the changes that occur at the end of the school year alter the usual, expected, routine of the … Continue reading

Insurance Blog Week in Review – May 27 – June 2, 2012

The Insurance Blog Week in Review provides you with a quick and easy way to “ketchup” on all the blogs that appeared here in the past week. There can be anywhere between twelve and fourteen different blogs that go up. What did you miss? Lloyd’s of London Denied Coverage for Bill Paxton The insurer that is well known for approving of all kinds of strange insurance policies denied a request made by Bill Paxton for life insurance. CalPERS Will Offer Coverage for Same-Sex Couples The California retirement fund for state employees will now be able to offer long-term care insurance … Continue reading

Study Finds Preemies Have Higher Risk of Severe Mental Disorders

We know that babies who are born prematurely tend to have a lag between their chronological age and their developmental age. A study finds that they are also at a higher risk for developing certain types of severe mental disorders than are their peers who were born full term. There are statistics that say that one out of every eight babies is born as a preemie. This means that the baby was born before the pregnancy reached 37 weeks. Scientific research that has been done in areas that relate to health and medicine have helped even the youngest preemies to … Continue reading